Branford Marsalis

Musician, Bandleader, Composer
Charismatic, handsome, leading young jazz musician of the 1980s and 90s. Marsalis grew up a member of the "Royal Family" of jazz in New Orleans. His father, Ellis, was one of America's leading piano instructors (among ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Shake the Devil Off 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

K Street 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Strike Back 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Newport Jazz '99 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Vince Gill Live By Request 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Eve's Bayou 1997 (Movie)

Harry Delacroix (Actor)

Living Single 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Super Special All-Star Comedy Hour 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Without a Pass 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Story of a People: Expressions in Black 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sting in Tokyo 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Newport Jazz '87 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

Jordan (Actor)

Jacksonville Jazz Festival VII 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Bring on the Night 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Brooklyn Boheme (TV Show)

Actor

Reed Royalty (TV Show)

Narrator
Music (27)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

("Tonite Show With Jay Leno") (Song Performer)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

("Tonite Show With Jay Leno") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Tonite(Tonight Show Theme)") (Song Performer)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Tonite(Tonight Show Theme)") (Song)

3 AM 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

A Huey P. Newton Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Temporarily Yours 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Music

Psalms From the Underground 1994 (Movie)

musical performer (Performer)

Black to the Promised Land 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

special appearance on tenor and soprano saxophones(Big Band) (Music)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

("Knocked Out the Box" "Lonely Woman" "Jazz Thing") (Song Performer)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

("Say Hey" "Beneath the Underdog" "Pop Top 40" "Knocked Out the Box") (Song)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

(Performer)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

featured musician (Music)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

soprano saxophonist (Music)

Jazz At The Smithsonian: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 1989 (Movie)

alto saxophonist (Music)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

("Lament") (Song Performer)

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

tenor saxophonist("We've Already Said Goodye (Before We Said Hello)") (Music)

Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

songs("Larry's Song" "The Hallowed Tales of Delfbear") (Song)

As Ye Sow (TV Show)

Music

Goosed (TV Show)

Music

Mr. and Mrs. Loving (TV Show)

Music

To My Daughter With Love (TV Show)

Music

Biography

Charismatic, handsome, leading young jazz musician of the 1980s and 90s. Marsalis grew up a member of the "Royal Family" of jazz in New Orleans. His father, Ellis, was one of America's leading piano instructors (among his students was jazz/pop wunderkind Harry Connick, Jr.). Marsalis' brothers have also been influential in the jazz world. Wynton is the artistic director of "The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra" as well as one of the world's leading jazz trumpeters while Delfayo is a well-known trombonist. Marsalis garnered mass attention as one of Sting's band members in the documentary/ego-fest, "Bring on the Night" and in three subsequent world tours.

Relationships

Teresa Marsalis

Wife
Married from 1983-1994

Ellis Marsalis

Father

Reese Marsalis

Son
Born c. 1986 mother, Teresa Marsalis

Delfayo Marsalis

Brother

Jason Marsalis

Brother

Wynton Marsalis

Brother
Received the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Music

EDUCATION

Berklee College of Music

Boston , Massachusetts 1980
Aimee Mann and Melissa Etheridge also graduated the same year

Milestones

2010

Composed the music for the Broadway revival of August Wilson's "Fences"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score

2005

Teamed with Harry Connick, Jr to create the concept of a Musicians’ Village in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward, with the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music as the Village’s centerpiece

2002

Founded his own Marsalis Music label

2000

Toured with The Branford Marsalis Quartet and earned a Grammy for its album Contemporary Jazz

1997

Served as Creative Consultant and producer for jazz recordings with Columbia Records

1992

Made leader of the Tonight Show Band, on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC)

1992

Received a Grammy for the recording "I Heard You Twice The First Time" where he teamed with B.B.King, John Lee Hooker and Rip Tip Johnson

1992

Acted in the Showtime 30-Minute Movie, "Without a Pass"

1990

Composed the soundtrack for "Mo' Better Blues"

1988

Cast as Jordam in Spike Lee's musical-drama "School Daze"

1987

Feature acting debut, "Throw Momma From the Train"

1985

Made his film debut in the documentary "Bring on the Night"

1984

Released first recording, Scenes in the City

1981

Joined his brother Wynton in Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and on a Japanese tour with Herbie Hancock

1980

While still a student, toured Europe playing alto and baritone saxophone in a large ensemble led by drummer Art Blakey

Bonus Trivia

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Marsalis was arrested for speeding in his native New Orleans in early January 1993.

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"The saxophonist, who is black, said two white officers pulled him over, ordered him out of the car and frisked him without telling him why he had been stopped. When he asked, Marsalis was told he was going 50 mph in a 35-mph zone. 'I told them I didn't think it was protocol to be frisked for speeding and they kept asking me, where did I get that attitude? Because of my 'attitude' I was handcuffed, put in the squad car and taken to the police station, but never officially booked or read my rights,' Marsalis said in Wednesday's New Orleans Times-Picayune and later in a news release. He said he was released on the way to the station when they realized who he was. He said he was driven back to his car and given a speeding ticket. 'There's a problem with the police force that any time you see a black guy in a nice car in a nice heighborhood, he's a drug dealer,' Marsalis said." - from the Daily News, Jan. 8, 1993

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